University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Student Activities

Student Governance

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Graduate Student Government (GSG) are recognized by the university administration as the official voices of the student body. These groups are representative student-elected bodies offering campus programs, a forum to address campus issues and an opportunity for students to become involved in the university community.

Undergraduate Student Government

Adviser: Enrique Trujillo
Program Manager: Jon Rey
Administrative Assistant: Jakita Morgan
(213) 740-5620
Tutor Campus Center 224
usg.usc.edu

The Undergraduate Student Government serves the undergraduate students at USC through advocacy, programming and funding. Recent projects include providing free shuttles to popular L.A. attractions (Greater L.A. Excursions), creating the Sustainability Mug and extending hours at various dining facilities.

Legislative Branch

The legislative branch consists of 12 elected senators who represent three constituencies: greek, commuter and residential. The legislative body approves programming fee allocations and advocates on behalf of the student body.

Executive Branch

The executive branch of the Undergraduate Student Government is responsible for advocacy-related work and programming, the election and recruitment of individuals for the senate, public relations and the allocation of funds to student organizations.

Judicial Council

Made up of seven associate justices and one chief justice, this council serves as the judicial body of the Undergraduate Student Government. The council has the jurisdiction to rule on all USG constitutional and bylaw petitions.

Program Board

(213) 740-5656
Tutor Campus Center 224
uscprogramboard.com

Program Board is a student-run event programming organization on campus. It comprises five campus-wide committees and eight assemblies that serve as umbrella organizations to numerous member organizations. Each committee and assembly strives to program events that not only educate and entertain students, but also promote diversity and cultural awareness.

Campus-wide Events Committees

Concerts, performing arts, special events, speakers and Trojan Pride

Assemblies

Academic Culture Assembly; Asian Pacific American Student Assembly; Black Student Assembly; International Students’ Assembly; Latina/o Student Assembly; Political Student Assembly; Queer and Ally Student Assembly; and the Women’s Student Assembly

Graduate Student Government (GSG)

Administrative Assistant: Jakita Morgan
(213) 740-5620
Tutor Campus Center 224
gsg.usc.edu

GSG’s mission is to enhance the USC graduate and professional student experience by serving as the face of the graduate student body. To accomplish this, GSG builds a community that fosters interdisciplinary exchanges, provides a voice for students, manages student organization funding and informs students about their rights, resources and opportunities. The Executive Board includes 12 graduate students confirmed by the Senate who oversee the daily operations of GSG and work closely with the Senate to promote graduate and professional student interests within USC administration and academic departments.

Elected officers, senators who represent all schools and departments, and special interest committees tackle issues specific to graduate and professional students and provide venues for interaction beyond the academic realm. An executive board of 11 officers is elected every spring by the GSG senators. The executive board oversees the daily operations of GSG and works closely with the Senate to promote graduate and professional student interests within the USC administration and academic departments.

Senate: GSG senators represent every school or department on campus and are elected by their program peers. They meet monthly to address issues and participate in GSG committees with other student volunteers to provide research and recommendations behind various advocacy initiatives and programming support.

Advocacy: Through GSG, elected officers and students advocate for issues by participating in GSG and university-wide committees and meeting with administration and faculty. GSG works closely with university officials to enhance graduate and professional student life.

Events: GSG fosters a graduate student community by providing events for all graduate and professional students, such as the Annual Boat Cruise, happy hours, community service events, and movie nights. In the spring, we also host the annual Graduate Research Symposium, showcasing graduate student work from programs across campus and awarding prizes for presentations.

Resources: GSG manages student resources by approving funding to graduate student organizations, providing free legal services for graduate and professional students on campus and running programs such as the Conference Travel Grant program and the discounted Metro TAP card program. We also connect students to other resources and spaces on campus, including the Graduate Student Lounge in Tutor Campus Center 430. 

Residential Student Government (RSG)

President: Sera Choi
Adviser: Viktor Kerney
(213) 740-6467
Student Union 200
ursc.usc.edu

Elected representatives of residential student government serve as a voice for residential students in the university’s decision-making process. They also provide campus-wide programming to enhance the residential living environment. RSG is particularly adept at addressing concerns that affect students who live in university housing. RSG is also active on regional and national levels, and is considered one of the nation’s top residential student governments. RSG is advised by Viktor Kerney, assistant director for student development and leadership in the Office for Residential Education.

Building Governments

A representative student government exists in all the residential communities. These are affiliated with RSG and advised by Residential Education staff.

Greek Councils

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development
usc.edu/student-affairs/greeklife
(213) 740-2080
Student Union 200

USC has six student-run greek councils, each serving as a coordinating and oversight body for their respective constituents. The councils are made up of representatives from each of the constituent chapters and new officers are elected yearly.

The six councils include the Asian Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Professional Fraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council.

Each of these councils works to ensure the strength and growth of the chapters they represent. Additionally, the councils plan and implement programs and events designed to enhance the experience of all students, especially those who participate in fraternity and sorority life.

For more information, contact the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development at usc.edu/student-affairs/greeklife or (213) 740-2080.

Recreational Club Council

USC Recreational Sports
usc.edu/recsports

Lyon University Center (UPC location)
(213) 740-5127
(213) 740-9739 (FAX)

HSC Fitness Center
(323) 442-7210
(323) 442-7354 (FAX)

The Recreational Club Council (RCC) is an organization of more than 60 club teams supported by Recreational Sports and is recognized by the Office of Campus Activities. The RCC serves the athletic needs of students, faculty and staff. It offers sporting opportunities not available through existing academic, recreational, intramural and/or varsity programming.

The mission of the RCC is to allow the university community a chance to pursue their sporting passions and to discover new ones at USC. The primary focus is to provide stability, guidance, leadership and continuity to all new and returning clubs. While the RCC is the governing body of all club sport teams, each club designates a president/captain to lead their program. Club sports are only active during the academic year and membership fees vary from club to club.

A complete list of the club sport teams is available online at sait.usc.edu/recsports/sports/club-sports/clubs-list. For additional information, contact the Club Sport Office (recsports@usc.edu) or call (213) 740-5127.

University Committees

These committees are established to address issues that affect the entire university. The student governments recommend student representatives to these committees, which include academic policies and procedures, budget advisory, international education, student affairs, undergraduate curriculum, university convocations, graduate and professional studies and several others.

Besides providing channels to express and advocate student concerns, the student governance bodies provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience.


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